Jan 29, 2010
I have gone through many threads but most of them have been dead for many time and I think there would have been a few advances in the Ubuntu software domain, so maybe a new downloader is up which manages downloads in a better way.Well, those who have used Internet Download Manager know that it is one of the best ones offered for Windows. It has many useful functions available in one single domain.
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- It integrates to all browsers damn well, like charm.
- It can manage rapidshare, megaupload, hotfile and similar file hosting services very smoothly.
- It is a multi-threaded downloader which means that before starting to download file it breaks it up in many small pieces, and then downloads all fragments side by side, making the download very very fast, even on slower connections.
- It can also do very well with the websites which do not permit multithreaded downloading from their servers.
- It can take on video downloads from any page on the web which has a streaming video.
- It is very stable (if bought legitimately, which is not true in most cases ). But quite stable in even when not registered or cracked.
- Above all, it has a smart gui interface which provides interactive operations on downloaded files.
I have used many downloaders for Ubuntu and there has been some problem with each one. Some have a nice CLI structure but not GUI. Some of them are not multi-threaded. Some are multithreaded but do not allow pausing and continuing downloads (which actually does not satisfy the very definition of download managers). I haven't seen a single download manager which is GUI, multithreaded and well integrated to browsers all at the same time.What I want to know is, do my friends here at Ubuntu galaxy want to point out a real shiny star here which would make me forget the damn propriety software? Or if such a downloader hasn't been built yet, why not let's build one... Shouldn't be too hard especially if we have a model example (IDM 5.18 for Windows) in front of us... Well the algorithm must be simple, get address, verify the existence of file, break apart into several pieces and start downloading. I don't know how to implement this algorithm yet, but I am a quick learner and if a few expert programmers join me, we can do something that would remove one complain for most Ubuntu users.